LMS Comparison

Introduction

There are many options for "learning management systems (LMSs)." Some of the most popular, no cost ones include the following:


  1. Moodle.org
  2. Edmodo.com
  3. Google as an LMS
  4. Google's Course-Builder

Finally, as an alternative, check out Royan Lee's comparison chart!


 

LMS Comparison Chart - 
Clarifying the Options in an iPad Deployment

Adapted from the work of Ralf Otto of Ruhr-Universität, Bochum with Edmodo and iPad additions by Miguel Guhlin

Features / LMS

Edmodo

Moodle 2.x

Blackboard 9.1 SP3

About

Source for Moodle/Blackboard descriptions: http://goo.gl/Bffgj

Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. 

Moodle is an Open Source Learning Management System that is provided freely and can be run on many operating systems. It’s “free to download, change, share, improve, and customize to whatever you want it to be,” according to the Moodle website. Therefore, any educator can use it to build or supplement a course.

Blackboard is a proprietary Learning Management System and its use is typically limited to educators at institutions which pay a fee each year to take on a license agreement for its use. Blackboard Learn 9.1 is only one of many offerings from the software company Blackboard, Inc.

iPad app availability

Yes, features no-cost iPad app that allows uploads of photos and video from iPad Camera Roll

Yes, features a $2.99 iPad app (MoodlEZ) and/or a no-cost app (MyMoodle) that allows uploads of photos and video from iPad Camera Roll

Yes (Blackboard Mobile app at no cost)

Document Storage Options

Edmodo features storage for text, images, video projects in Library but it is difficult to embed content. Maximum file size is 100 megabytes, while attachments are limited to 2 megabytes.  

Features integration with various open web tools such as Dropbox, WebDav, PicasaWeb, Flickr, and many more. Maximum size of files is set by the Moodle Administrator and is dependent on the storage capacity of the server. Teachers can also set course file capacities.

Unknown

Annual Cost

No cost, web-based

No cost if internally hosted on server and supported by in-house staff

Very expensive

Video-Conferencing Support and Integration

No but you could link to an external system (e.g. Adobe Connect, BigBlueButton, etc.)

Integration is free but service(s) may be at cost:

  1. Adobe Connect (at cost)
  2. BigBlueButton (free)
  3. Bigmarker.com (free)
  1. Blackboard Collaborate (expensive!)
  2. Wimba

Files

Yes in Library

Yes

Yes

Directories/Folder

Yes in Library

Yes

Yes

Create/extract file archives

No

Yes

Yes

Blank Page/Page

No

Yes

Yes

HTML-Editor

No - Plain text only

Yes (formula editor)

Yes (with LaTeX filter for Math Formulas)

Multi-language filter

No

Yes

No

External Links

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internal Links

Yes to files in Library

Yes (no separate feature, but Moodle uses permanent links)

Yes

Audio

Yes but relies on client browser to play audio

Yes (embedded Flow Player)

Yes (embedded Quicktime Plugin; Internet Explorer uses WM Plugin)

Video

Yes but relies on client browser to get and play video

Yes (FLV embedded FlowPlayer in all browsers, MPG only with IE and installed plugins, WMV only with IE and installed plugins, MP4 only with IE and Chrome)

Yes (MPG+WMV in all browsers with install QT-plugin, IE uses Windows Media plugin and FLV andMP4 are NOT supported

SCORM Modules

No

Yes

Yes

IMS-Content-Package

No

Yes

Yes

Assignments




Upload a single file

Yes

Yes

Yes (assignment)

Upload multiple files

Yes

Yes

Yes (assignment)

Online text

Yes

Yes

Yes (assignment)

Offline activity (create a gradebook item)

No

Yes

Yes

Tools




Glossary

No

Yes (teacher & students can add entries) + glossary block. Glossary can include pictures

Yes (only editable by the instructor)

RSS feeds

Yes

No

Yes (database, forum, glossary)

Blogs

No

Yes (system-wide and within a course)

Yes (course-bound)

Graded blogs

No

No

Yes

Lesson

No

Yes

Yes

Self and Peer Assessment

No

Yes (Workshop)

Yes

Survey/Feedback

Yes via simple Poll feature

Yes

Yes

Address book/contacts

Yes specific to user

Yes (messaging system)

Yes

Calendar (course)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Adaptive release/ restrict access

No

Yes (scheduled, depending on grade, depending on total course grade, depends on access to defined content/activities)

Yes (scheduled, depending on grade, depending on total course grade, depends on access to defined content, define your own rules)

File storage/exchange

Limited

Yes (my private files, students can use the database activity)

Yes (instructors can use the file area, students can use file exchange in their group)

Plagiarism check

No

No but Crot and Turnitin are supported

Yes (Safe Assign Integrated)

Search files (course)

No

No (only global search development)

only with with a corresponding building block (e.g. Search XL)

Journal

No

Yes as an add-on

Yes

Graded Journal

No

Not exactly

Yes

Activity Completion

Yes

Yes

Yes (content is marked as completed when accessed or participants are allowed to mark content as completed by themselves)

Wiki

No

Yes

Yes

Graded Wiki

No

No

Yes

Voice Tools

No

No only if Wimba Tools are installed

Yes with plug-ins (e.g. Nanogong or Podl)

Test/Quiz




Pools/question bank

No

Yes

Yes

Export Test results

Yes

Yes

Yes

Export Submissions (answers)

Yes

No

Yes

Question Types




File repsonse

No

Yes (assignment->upload a file)

Yes

Either/or

Yes (multiple choice)

Yes

Yes (multiple choice)

Hotspot

No

No

Yes

Opinion Scale

No

Yes (multiple choice)

Yes

Fill in the blank

Unk

Yes (cloze via Hot Potatoes)

Yes

Multiple Answer

No

Yes (multiple choice)

Yes

Multiple Choice

Yes

Yes

Yes

True/False

Yes

Yes

Yes

Calculated formula/ calculated

No

Yes

Yes

Calculated multiple choice

No

Yes

No

Essay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Short answer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Calculated Numerical

No

Yes

Yes

Matching

No

Yes

Yes

Random short answer

No

Yes

No

Communication




Send emails

Yes

Yes

Yes

Send messages

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chat

No

Yes

Yes

Discussion board/forum

Yes via status updates

Yes

Yes

Change type of forum

No

Yes (standard, question & answer forum, single discussion, each person posts one discussion)

Yes (by configuring e.g. single discussion)

Forum Features:

No

Yes

Yes

-Anonymous Posts

No

No

Yes

-Attach a file

Yes

Yes

Yes

-Participants can create threads

Yes

Yes

Yes

-Subscribe Forum

No

Yes

Yes

-Moderate a Forum

No

No

Yes

-Graded forum

No

Yes

Yes

-Search forums

Yes

Yes

Yes

Course




Announcements/News Forum

Yes via status updates

Yes

Yes

Group Management

Yes

Yes

Yes

Group Selection

Yes via Join Group

Yes

Yes

Group Tools

No

Yes (wiki, forum, glossary, database, chat, test, choice, workshop, lesson, assignments)

Yes (email, blog, wiki, journal, discussion forum (graded), chat, tasks, file exchange)

Course Reports

No

Yes

Yes

Grade center/grades

Yes

Yes

Yes

Early warning system

No

No

Yes

Customization Settings

No

Yes

Yes

Course formats (forum, topics format, weekly format)

No

Yes

No

Meta-enrollment

No

Yes

only if Community System is installed

Manage course menu

No

Restricted (course menu gets built from existing content)

yes

Customize course style

No

Yes (course theme, use label resource to add a banner)

Yes (menu, banner, theme)

Folder structure

No

Yes (only for files)

Yes

Manage Tools

no

Yes

Yes

Course backup/export

No

Yes

Yes

Course import

No

Yes

Yes

Course restore

No

Yes

Yes

Import content/features from other courses

No

Yes

Yes

File management

No

Yes (user and course-bound)

Yes (course-bound)

File quota

Unk

Yes (user-bound)

Yes (course-bound)

Permissions and Roles




Pre-defined roles

Teacher, Co-Teacher, Student

Site Administrator, Manager, Course Creator, Editing Teacher, Teacher, student, guest, user, frontpage

Instructor, teaching assistant, course builder, grader, student, guest.

Edit existing roles

No

Yes

Yes

Define new roles

No

Yes

Yes

Switch between trainer and participant view

No

Yes

Yes (editing off=participant view)

My Institution / My Home (Block)




RSS Feeds

Yes

No

Yes

Announcements/News Forum

No

Yes

Yes

To Do List/ Upcoming Events

No

Yes

Yes

Messages

No

Yes

No

Report Card/Quiz Results

No

Yes

Yes

Online users

No

Yes

Yes

My Calendar

No

Yes

Yes

Navigation

No

Yes, using navigation block to navigate through: My Home, Blogs, courses, topics, participants, etc.

Yes, using MyPlaces to navigate to your courses

Download of complete course content

No

Yes

No

Personal information/profile

Yes

Yes

Yes

Create a downloadable list of participants

No

Yes

Yes

Un-enroll from a course

Yes

Yes

Yes